Fans of AMC’s Preacher didn’t know what to expect from the series finale going in but the last episode both surprised and wowed us. Check out our breakdown of the finale’s biggest shockers below.
Despite the buildup to Preacher’s series finale focusing on God’s inevitable destruction of the world, the ending turned out completely different from what we expected. Some of it was predictable but the series finale’s best moments came out of left field.
Warning! Spoilers ahead.
One of the biggest shockers in the Preacher finale was Featherstone’s death. She dodged death multiple times over the course of two seasons and appeared to have luck on her side. Unfortunately, Featherstone (Julie Ann Emery) was too slow on the draw when Herr Starr (Pip Torrens) chose to execute her.
Featherstone’s death was just one moment that shocked us, but it’s not the only scene worth mentioning here. The Saint of Killers also surprised us on two separate occasions.
The first scene involving the Saint of Killers had him confronting Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper). In it, God (Mark Harelik) leaves him to handle some unfinished business with the Preacher. But what the Almighty doesn’t anticipate is his once-loyal disciple’s betrayal.
The Saint of Killers almost completes his final mission when he realizes what the future will hold. So Instead of killing Jesse, he decides to repent and confess his sins. The Saint of Killers doesn’t confess because he’s turning over a new leaf, it’s because he knows that repenting will grant him a ticket to Heaven. And as expected, he winds up at St. Peter’s Gate.
Saint of Killers gets a ticket to Heaven
In addition to entering paradise, the Saint of Killers also gains an audience with God when the Almighty attempts to reclaim his throne. The surprising bit is the Saint of Killers doesn’t want to talk, he wants the person responsible for allowing his family’s murder to meet the same fate as them. Lucky for him, he has two guns capable of even killing his own creator.
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While their confrontation intensifies, God continues to give us the impression that he can stop the Saint of Killers in his tracks. This possible scenario breeds doubt, up until the point that God shows the fear in his eyes. Once the Saint of Killers sees it, the vengeful General puts a bullet in his head.
Surprisingly, the Saint of Killers has one more card to play after executing God. He doesn’t burn Heaven down like many of us expected him to but instead sits atop the throne. The audience doesn’t get to see what happens next, but it’s easy to determine where things are headed next.
Jesus Christ, the murderer?
Apart from God and the Saint of Killers, another pair of archenemies duked it out in the series finale: Hitler (Noah Taylor) and Jesus (Tyson Ritter). They seem fated to clash before the finale albeit on a more global scale.
Once the peace talks end, Jesus and Hitler fight to the death in the very room they were negotiating in. They use anything and everything to inflict pain on each other, giving the audience the sense that this is a fight for control of the world. Jesus looks like the underdog as he’s known for being a pacifist but winds up strangling Hitler to death.
Their verbal exchange makes the scene even better because as Jesus is choking the last breaths of air out of Hitler, the Nazi leader yells out “Jew” to insult him. Jesus, however, responds with the best comeback ever “You’re damn right,” and then lets Hitler die with that zinger on his ears.
The Custer Family
Based on what God said about his plans to destroy the world, we suspected that either Jesse, Tulip (Ruth Negga), or Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) would die trying to stop him. Jesse was the prime suspect but they all walked away from the fight alive. In fact, they get their happy endings too. Cassidy’s comes at the end but he still achieves the same sense of peace his friends did.
As for Jesse and Tulip, they wind up working cons like they used to. Getting back to work was predictable, but what we weren’t counting on was them having another child.
The conclusion shows them looking down at a baby and then time flips forward 40 years. It’s here that Cass re-enters the picture and introduces himself to Tulip and Jesse’s daughter. The funny thing is Tulip’s daughter looks identical to her mom. Ruth Negga even plays the part herself. She’s only around for one scene but its’ an important one.
What’s bittersweet about the ending is Cass’ fate. He isn’t brutally slaughtered or cut down by a surprise foe, he actually allows himself to be engulfed by the sun after visiting Jesse and Tulip’s graves. Cass doesn’t die out of self-loathing or depression but rather acceptance. He understood there was nothing else left for him to do, and moving on was the right thing.
Herr Starr gets to start over
Speaking of futures, the one character who we thought would get his comeuppance in the series finale, didn’t. And despite being foiled at every turn, Herr Starr still came out on top.
The ending reveals that Starr crafted a new life for himself after leaving the Grail behind, and he managed to escape with his looks intact. Starr had been ripped apart over the course of two seasons but God made good on his promise to heal him before bailing on Masada.
Everything looks positive on Starr’s end until a federal agent comes searching for him. After a short conversation and chase, the agent tackles Starr to the ground to make an arrest. He’s about to handcuff him when Starr pulls out a gun. Starr then shoots both the federal agent and his partner.
The following glimpse at the golf course shows that Starr buried the two cops in a sandpit. He goes about his game quite nonchalantly, suggesting that his legal worries are over. Keep in mind that killing two police officers will only place a larger target on Starr’s back.
What was your favorite part from the Preacher series finale? Let us know in the comments.